Feel Like A Stranger, Peggy-O-> El Paso, Ramble On Rose, CC Rider, Althea, Passenger, Brown Eyed Women, The Music Never Stopped-> Don't Ease Me In Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Uncle John's Band-> Truckin'-> Alabama Getaway-> Johnny B. Goode, E: U.S. Blues
flac16; 2 Nak 300 shotguns > Sony TC-D5M > Maxell XLIIS tape (Jeff Silberman's guns on Howard Shame's bodies); Mic Config: "primitive DIN" pointing the mics directly at the stacks forming a "Y"; Mic Location: first row behind the soundboard cage; Sony D5 > Edirol UA5 custom Oade Mod > USB > IBM R40/WindowsXP Pro > Sound Forge 5.0 > WAV > CDR > EAC > Windows XP Pro > FLAC Frontend > FLAC16; taped and transferred byt Doug Mow; CDR> flac by Alex Ford
September 7, 2017 Subject:
Spring Tour 1981
You can't lump 80's material together. 80-81 is superior. See The second set has a very good feel. Eyes is excellent.
August 25, 2016 Subject:
Again, Mr. Silberman's Naks Win This AUD Comparison.
There's no contest. I don't know anything about the technical aspects of either Naks or Senns. But I know what I like. And the Naks make it for me...again. Though both carry a decent range, the Naks have a nice richness and fullness of sound. This could be do to placement. That is the unknown with Wise's Senns. I was also not expecting this AUD's dynamics to be quite as good as they are, with the Naks being Back Of Board. Sounds like Silberman is just in front of the board. That's a nice surprise. Those shotguns did their job. And being behind the board, I'm assuming Jeff had the mics way off the crowd. The ambience is very nice and the sound is excellent.
The Boyz are in fine, fine form again tonight. The extra song in each set is a treat. After the torture of upping May 2nd to five stars (which it rightfully deserves), I'm starting to get a bit frustrated trying not to hand out five stars to every show I review. But it's very hard denying this show the max with all these other '80 - '81 shows. Oh well, embarrassment of riches. So sad. ;^ )
The three major reasons why I have no problem with five stars, besides being a fucking great show, is that Jerry is in very good voice and they really do rip it up at the end. And there aren't any late clunkers to spoil the high energy level. If there's one thing I hate most of all, besides the horrible vocals and cheese that would come later, is a second set song that draws, drains, saps, or sucks all the electricity The Boyz build up over 2 1/2 hours. There's nothing here tonight to ruin a perfectly wild extravaganza, thank goodness. Even Drumz is good (which I never comment on). My only little beef is that they paused for a second to recombobulate themselves for J.B.Goode. Running straight through would have been totally, totally kick-ass. This show smokes from top to bottom. I'm not exactly sure what you were listening to JamsOnly, but it sure wasn't this show???
I've always felt blessed for having seen these guys in their prime. '80 and '81 sure were something else!!! Hey, anybody know a perfectly awful show I can give two stars too?
July 20, 2015 Subject:
How does Alabama Getaway sneak into that second half of the second set?
June 17, 2015 Subject:
No standout highlights
August 3, 2012 Subject:
Don't Ease at its worst.
The first set finale is what gives 80's dead a bad name. Not too shabby a show none the less.
December 2, 2010 Subject:
Nice recording, good ambience
Doug Mow nailed this recording of a well played, energetic show. Phil's bass comes through strong with the familiar boomy rumble of an arena show. I thought the Music Never Stopped was especially smokin'. After hearing this, I am goint to listen to Mow's Barton Hall '81.
Reviewer:Jack Straw from CA
August 6, 2010 Subject:
The best version but one flaw
I just wanted to point out that there's a skip at about 1:19 in Fire On The Mountain. Aside from that, this is the best version currently around.
May 5, 2010 Subject:
What a Second Set
The jam>Fire changed my life. Jerry just fries the first guitar break. My face was stolen!!
July 28, 2009 Subject:
really special show
The first set is smooth and sweet top to bottom and gives hints of what's to come. I don't give "best ever" opinions because music is so subjective and the dead produced so many best ever moments in my life that I simply can't go there BUT this second set is absolutely one of the finest I've heard from the early 80's period. One climactic moment after another in the first 70 minutes or so...wow!
Thanks Doug for this incredibly clear and sweet capture of the show - if there were more than 5 stars I'd give them in a New York minute. Peace
December 30, 2007 Subject:
Gone are the days
My first show was in Lake Placid in '83. Many shows followed. 4 Kids later, a wife and dog and no access to recordings sent me into a dry spell. I actually thought that life was over when Brent died. We have all moved to new places. Music in general lost its meaning for me for years. I just thought that every body forgot. I met an old friend who plays music. I learned about the new scene. The scene that the Dead cultivated for so long. All of those Maxell UDXL 2 Tapes that got destroyed were at the forefront of my memory again. What could I do to regain that Level of interest. Start over? I learned how to work a computer, enough to be dangerous, talked to some friends and found the archive. I miss the Audience tapes. I love Sound boards but nothing beats the energy you get from the crowd. I've listened to thousands of tapes. Thats how I got by for years. This tape(Recording,File, Whatever..)is among the best I've ever heard. I don't know much about the digital world but I do know that who ever started this site and the people who add to it have made me happy. This is an amazing show. Come inside and crawl around for a while.
November 11, 2007 Subject:
Great all around recording - nice work and the boys are feelin good. Thank you.
July 16, 2007 Subject:
A Grateful Dead Virgin
I was 15 when I saw this show, it was also my first "L" experience. The whole experience blew my mind and changed my life forever. Over the years I have seen some great shows; however few can compare to this night. I remember the scene outside and inside the civic center as clearly as yesterday. I now live very close to the venue and think about '81 and '82 with Jerry and the boys each time I drive past.
November 30, 2005 Subject:
Music is fluid, and the setlist reminds me of '77. Definitely good to STREAM
September 25, 2005 Subject:
Full 'Live' sound
Could'nt have said it any better.Thanks so much Doug. Excellent sound. Download this for sure 5 stars for this gem of an audience. Those Phil under-currents roll in relentlessly.
Source: Cassette Audience Master recorded By Jim Wise; Sennheiser MD421 Dynamic Cardioid Microphones-TC D5 Cassette Recorder; Location: Soundboard; Analog to Digital: Dolby B Decoded Cassette Master played back on Nakamichi Dragon-Korg MR-1000(DSF[1-bit 5.6448 MHz Stereo]); Korg AudioGate-WAV[24/96]; Transfer by David Minches; Editing (Adobe Audition CC)-Mastering (iZotope Ozone 6)-FLAC encoding(dBpoweramp)-Tagging(Tag & Re-name); All Editing & Processing by Jim Wise